Beyond blogging…How about Plogging?

You might have already heard about Plogging, the new catch word in the world of user-generated content currently circulating the Web. Some have argued that Plogging is the future of blogging. So what, exactly, is Plogging?

Platform blogging, or Plogging, is a type of long form blogging usually done on a social networking platforms such as Facebook, Slack, or Medium, rather than on a dedicated blogging site such as the one you have built during this semester. In “So Long Blogging. Hello – Yep, We’re Going to Say It – Plogging” published on Wired, Julia Greenberg describes this experience as a shift in the way people are publishing their work online in consolidated platforms that offer “a clean, simple experience, the potential for visibility where an audience already exists, and (perhaps) the kind of money that comes with scale.”

What “plogging” networks host your long-form content?
  • Medium: provides a long-format platform where users can present thoughts in depth using words, images, as well as a comment/like system that helps you get feedback. While they emphasize words as means to communicate thoughts, it makes a great platform for writers and journalists who are serious about their craft.
  • Facebook Notes: recently made a come back as a medium within the Facebook platform with a reaching power for audiences for frequent users of Facebook who have invested in building audiences.
  • LinkedIn Publisher: is a good way to establish yourself as an influencer. Publisher is great for “influencers,” business owners, and executives.
  • Tumblr: is great for young, creative brands and writers that wish to speak to a specifically young generation.On Tumblr, it’s permissible to share short-form content (but you’ll likely have to invest time to create attractive graphics and perhaps video elements to achieve any level of virality).
  • Twitter? Twitter recently announced that it’s experimenting with content over 140 characters long, and Snapchat introduced its “Discover” with well-known publishers.  Both platforms have also introduced curated “live” events in the past year.

Other alternatives to traditional Blogging

  • Vlog (video blog) – is a form of web television in which the blogging practice done via video. It has been around since at least 2005, with YouTube offering a high high traffic platform for video bloggers, or vloggers, in which participants present their personal videos often filmed using hand held point and shoot cameras.’I’m Vlogging Here’ is a feature-length documentary that delves into the lives and nature of “vloggers”, a new genre of YouTube videomaker.
  • Diavlog (dialog + video + blog): is a video blog, or vlog, in which two people discuss a topic. A portmanteau of dialog, video, and blog. Popular sites to get a senses for this blogging practice is Bloggingheads diavlog.
  • Plog: a personalized web log initially promoted by Amazon.

I want to emphasize that traditional way of blogging is not dead. But, there are additional platforms where you can express yourself creatively while engaging with the community and building wide audiences. This is the time for professional communicators to make use of all the technologies available.

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Places to find paid blogging gigs

As many of you are approaching the BIG DAY! (a.k.a graduation), finding a job is a top priority on your mind. Some of you are looking for paid opportunities to lift a bit the burden of high education costs. Well, as I have said before, while finding a full-time work as a blogger is a bit unusual, most employers will looks for people with the skills needed for running a blog. In addition, there are many opportunities to make money as a freelance part-time blogger. I have put together a couple of resources that help you navigate the potential paid blogging opportunities.

Finding jobs that require blogging skills

SEARCH “blog,” “blogger” or “blogging” on the Indeed.com job board to looks up employment and internship opportunities that are looking for people with blogging skills. You can narrow down the search by location. I just tried it. The search for “blog” with location in Houston generated 152 hits. The search for “blogger” generated 7 hits, while the search for “blogging” generated 26 hits for the Houston location. It’s worth your time!!

Blogger Jobs, is another site with a tighter focus on blogging jobs that might turn up some interesting prospects here. The listings are sorted by category, which means you can target areas of specific interest (e.g. fashion blogging). Just in today’s posting they posted information about three different job opportunities as a blogger. In addition, in this site you can also find postings for other writing/journalist/communication jobs.

Freelance opportunities for bloggers

Borrowing from the list of “10 Places to Find Blogging Gigs That Pay” compiled from Tom Ewer, I want to emphasize the following site that provides an excellent starting point to looks for a freelance blogging opportunity.

ProBlogger Job board is a “a Blog that helps bloggers to add income streams to their blogs.” It is written and maintained by Darren Rowse, a full time Blogger making a living from blogs. The boards has currently about hundred active freelance opportunities for blogger that you might want to check out immediately! Just so far today they posted two jobs.

Rowse started ProBlogger in 2004 and since then he has added over 7000 articles, tips, tutorials and case studies that helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium. Therefore, this site is very helpful to further improve your blogging skills beyond this class.

Tom Ewer has put together a video tutorial on how to use this site most efficiently to find job opportunities.

 

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Promote your blog and gain audiences with The Guardian!

One of the leading newspapers in the world, the Guardian, has on its online page a site called Blogging Students, which offers students an opportunity to have their say on the pressing issues of life on campus, from fees to face time, from deadlines to distractions. Since they’ve launched this blog in 2012, they have  uncovered some brilliant writing talent that includes students from science to law, business to art, journalism to medicine. Each one of you has the opportunity to blog for the Guardian.

The criteria for submitting a blog to the Guardian is:

All you have to do, according to the editor, is “Make sure you have something fresh to say that will grab the attention of lots of other students. And pick the best format for getting your point across.”

All of you are blogging about very interesting topics this semester which are relevant to the student community. This is a wonderful way to get exposure and audience through a very respectable news organization. Thus I strongly advice you to pitch your idea toBloggingStudents@theguardian.com.

 Best of luck!

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Buster Haas Minority Internship Program

The Buster Haas Minority Internship Program will place an intern in a Texas newspaper for a 10-week summer internship at a newspaper of 30,000 or smaller circulation. The student will receive a $3,000 stipend, plus $1,000 for living expenses. Upon successful completion of the internship, the intern will receive a $500 scholarship.

The application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016.

Click here to download the program application. For questions, call Dino Chiecchi at the El Paso Times: (915) 546-6386.

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Blogging Opportunity: Wanderu Student Ambassador

Wanderu is on a mission to connect students at different campuses across the country. The company is seeking students to be virtual campus tour guides on its travel blog. As a Wanderu Student Ambassador, you will get to:

  • Create a video tour of your campus
  • Create a guide to your favorite places and spaces around town
  • Write blog posts about the must-attend campus events

If you’re interested, email kate.s@wanderu.com, and let her know why our campus is the best – and why you should be the one to represent it.

Note: Depending on the volume of applicants, this opportunity may close before November 30.

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